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Among Linksys, Netgear, etc...  which router has the longest range but yet economically priced?  I'm sure many here have the experience to know.
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The best router I can recommend is the D-LINK DIR-655, or any of the gamerlounge wireless models. My DIR-655 gives me 4/5 bars, going diagonal through my house about 60ft - with a completely skip-free 130mb/s wireless-n connection. With our original router, I couldn't even get a connection at that range. Here's some links:

DIR-655 $115
http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DIR-655-Extreme-Wireless-Router/dp/B000LIFB7S/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1213994417&sr=8-1

DGL-4500 $170
http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DGL-4500-Xtreme-Dualband-802-11n/dp/B000Z7AKGC/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1213994417&sr=8-2

DIR-625 $70
http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DIR-625-RangeBooster-Wireless-Antennas/dp/B000GG5LUW/ref=pd_bbs_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1213994417&sr=8-4

The first 2 have 3 antennas, the last one only has 2. The antennas are standard coaxial antenna hookups, so you can also buy an external high-gain antenna to attach:

http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Dual-band-802-11a-Mounting-TEW-AI75OB/dp/B000ERCNZY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1213994609&sr=1-1

but I would say they are uneccesary. Just get a better router like one of these, and if you need more signal, then invest in an antenna as well. Let me know if you have more questions!
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or you may check 'belkin n1 wireless router', two of my clients are loving it.
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=273526

one of the router is covering  a huge warehouse and office area both.

hope it helps.
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With these products, can I use ANY wireless cards and get the same range?
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no compatibility issue so far. working really well.
they have the following laptops, pcs:
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toshiba, hp laptop; (intel wireless chipset)
macbook; imac;
pc with linksys wireless pc card;
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hope it helps.
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>>>With these products, can I use ANY wireless cards and get the same range?

No, but it would have a great probability of the best possible range for the particular card.
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I should mention my wireless card in my laptop:

Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
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For the best range and throughput, you want a '802.11n' capable router.
I've had good luck with D-Link brand.
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